By: Abbe Land, Executive Director & CEO
February is a month of love, and we at Trevor are emphasizing the positive, loving things we can do to help prevent suicide among LGBTQ youth. For young LGBTQ people in school, their environment can make them especially vulnerable. However, by creating safer spaces, promoting inclusive school policies, and building connections between youth and educators, we can help improve the lives of LGBTQ youth nationwide.
To do this, The Trevor Project is sharing a new Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention that focuses on preventing suicide through making positive changes. This comprehensive tool is based in the latest research, and offers accessible tools for improving existing suicide prevention policies and gives guidance to school districts that need help taking their first step.
Created in partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the American School Counselor Association and the National Association of School Psychologists, this new resource plays an incredibly important role in supporting LGBTQ youth. We are also pleased to share that Trevor’s Government Affairs Director, Alison Gill, and The Trevor Project will be awarded the Allies for Action Partner Award from AFSP for our work in leading Model Policy’s creation. Congratulations to Alison for all her work on behalf of Trevor!
In addition to promoting this new Model Policy in your district, making schools safer for vulnerable youth is something that anyone can do. Whether it’s hosting a bake sale to fund a Gay-Straight Alliance or dedicating a concert to raising awareness, showing you care about the LGBTQ youth in your area is always a step in the right direction; positive changes like these can help improve a school’s climate, and ultimately, help save a life.
To show your love for the LGBTQ youth in your area and help bring the Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention to your community, visit: TheTrevorProject.org/pages/modelschoolpolicy.